Ontwikkelingen in maternale-foetale therapie: Van de foetus redden naar een beter leven voor het toekomstige kind

Translated title of the contribution: Maternal-fetal therapy: from saving the fetus towards a better life for the future child

E J Verweij, S van der Hout, E Lopriore, D Oepkes, W J Dondorp

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Maternal-fetal therapy (MFT) is special because treatment of the fetus is exclusively possible through the body of another person, the pregnant woman. MFT is a broad specialty with diverse interventions. In this manuscript several examples of innovations in MFT are discussed to illustrate the shift of lifesaving interventions to interventions aiming to improve morbidity of the future child. The broadening of the scope and shift towards prenatal treatments improving morbidity result in new ethical challenges. Particularly attention is needed for counseling and (the risk of) therapeutic misconception.

Translated title of the contributionMaternal-fetal therapy: from saving the fetus towards a better life for the future child
Original languageDutch
Article numberD5575
JournalNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 2021


  • Child
  • Counseling/ethics
  • Decision Making/ethics
  • Female
  • Fetal Diseases/therapy
  • Fetal Therapies/ethics
  • Fetus
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications/therapy
  • Prenatal Care/ethics

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